Issue 4: November 2018 Newsletter

Pastor's Corner

The Real Reason for the Season
During this time of year, we tend to experience all sorts of feelings – from Christmas cheer to the “holiday blues.” For those not too familiar with this term, it has been defined as “feelings of sadness, loneliness, depression and anxiety around the holidays, caused by loss of family and loved ones through divorce or distance from the childhood home or place where the holidays were most enjoyed in years past” ( As we enter into what is known to many as the best time of the year, let us endeavor to keep our minds focused on the true Reason for the season: the fulfillment of the promise of our loving Savior (Gen 3:16, Isa 9:6, Matt 1:21, 23; Gal 4:4, 5).

Many will be the attempts of Satan to divert our attention from this significant event by controversies revolving around the date and practices of the season. Therefore, let us be wise in what we expend our time on. We are admonished to “rejoice in the Lord always” and to meditate on “whatever things are true…noble…just…pure…of good report…[virtuous]…and praiseworthy” (Phil 4:4, 8). Additionally, we have been told by the pen of inspiration that though the world spends the holidays in “frivolity…extravagance, gluttony and display…It is our privilege to depart from the customs and practices of this degenerate age…and make the coming holidays an occasion in which to honor and glorify God” by making Christ the supreme object (Adventist Home, p. 480).

Therefore, let us take advantage of the opportunity that lies before us to exalt Christ in this sin-sickened world in need of a Savior in all that we choose to do and say during this Christmas season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Note: For a few interesting articles on the subject click here and here.

Making Memories

By Anonymous

I close my eyes and take a deep breath; the smell of campfire smoke is on the air. I hear loved ones talking and laughing. I open my eyes and smile since our Fall Church Camping trip is finally here! The group is full of excitement and joy as we begin our weekend of worship and bonding. There’s something special about bringing in the Sabbath by singing praises to our Lord while sitting around a campfire surrounded by nature and friends. Getting up Sabbath morning to breakfast over an open fire, forming a circle of camp chairs as we sing praises and open The Word of God in study. Sharing a picnic style potluck, enjoying Sabbath afternoon activities, and closing Sabbath together. My soul rejoices in the knowledge of the soon coming of our Lord when every day will be like a Camping Sabbath! I pray God let us reach all so they can come and join with us before it’s too late!


Christmas Program: December 15 -  December 15 will be our Christmas program at church, and we are currently looking for talent! This could be a song, instrumental or vocal, a drama, or a reading. Please contact Kevin Manestar as soon as possible at!

Christmas Party: December 15 at 6:30 PM - The social committee has planned our Church Christmas Party which will be full of song, fun and good food! Bring finger foods to share, dress in your favorite bible character and bring a white elephant gift to exchange.

10th Anniversary Commemoration Sabbath: December 8th - Please join us for this BIG day! The 8th will be our Church’s 10-year celebration with a baptism too! There will be potluck following the service and the church will be providing the food. All are welcome to join! At 6:30pm will be a play presented by our youth, “One Bethlehem Night”. You won’t want to miss this joyous day!

2018 Atlanta Festival of Praise - Please join us for our biennial worship convocation on Sabbath, December 8, 2018 at St. Philip AME Church (240 Candler Road SE, Decatur) at 4:00 p.m. Our keynote speaker is Pastor Henry Monroe Wright. Musical guests include the Atlanta Adventist Academy Choir, Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy Choir, and Atlanta Romanian Choir. Atlanta area Pathfinders will lead the colorful parade of nations. Please carpool with family and friends and plan to be seated by 3:45 PM.

Speaker Schedule

For the month of December

December 1: Pastor Tom Carter
December 8: Pastor Piñero
December 15: Christmas Program
December 22: Pastor Piñero
December 29: Kevin Manestar

Upcoming Events

December 8: Christmas Play
December 15: Christmas Program & Party

Follow these steps:
1. Relax and concentrate on the four dots near the center of the picture for 30-40 seconds
2. Then, look at a nearby wall (Any smooth, single-colored wall).
3. You will see a circle of light developing...
4. Now, blink your eyes quickly a few times, and you will begin to see something.
5. What do you see? Rather, who do you see!?

November Birthdays

Viana Perez – Nov 1
Ana Ababei – Nov 3
Anita Gilley – Nov 3
Jeffrey Burt – Nov 9
Licinius Chiriac – Nov 9
Rebecca Freeman – Nov 9
Andrea Tarte – Nov 9
Joseph Earl – Nov 12

Jay Hickman – Nov 12
Yoon Jung Koliadko – Nov 12
Noah Koliadko – Nov 20
Steven Baluta – Nov 21
Bruce Westphal – Nov 23
Wilbur Adams – Nov 24
Kelsi Gudmestad – Nov 24
William Coveleac – Nov 30

November Anniversaries

Tammy & Michael Nowak - Nov 13th

If we've missed someone please let us know!
We would like to add the children's birthdays as well so please send them along!

Health Nugget

Be Still - Helen Cagle

Take time everyday for quiet time. We are busy people. Our body and mind get tired. Go to a place or wait till everyone is in bed and sit still, think only one good happy thought. Breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Do this 10 times. It will refresh your body and mind and make your lungs stronger.

Be still and know that I am God. - Psalms 46:10 (KJV)

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. - 1 Peter 3:4 (KJV)

Elder's Counsel - The Greatest Gift

During this holiday season we have cause to consider why we are celebrating...below is a quote from Ellen G. White in the year 1898:

"All that we do is to be done willingly. We are to bring our offerings with joy and gratitude, saying as we present them, Of Thine own we freely give Thee. The most costly service we can render is but meager compared to the gift of God to our world. Christ is a gift every day. God gave Him to the world, and He graciously takes the gifts entrusted to His human agents for the advancement of His work in the world. Thus we show that we recognize and acknowledge that every thing belongs to God, absolutely and entirely." - Ms124-1898.14

This holiday season let us take up the call to be servants of others, to clothe them, feed them, to nurture them. This is our calling as brothers and sisters in Christ, Who Is our supreme example.

Warmest Christmas Wishes for all as we spread the glorious news of Jesus throughout our community. As we know that December 25th is not the actual date of the birth of Jesus, let us remind the world of His birth as they consider this holiday season.

It is Written - Ministry Update

By Melania Manestar

Just a little update about our Sunday afternoon Bible studies.

It’s getting more exciting with each time we meet. We started with one person, Mrs. F, but soon after her uncle, for whom we were all praying, joined us followed by two more neighbors.

And today, Oct. 21st, we had another special surprise. When we arrived, a young man was still visiting with our host, Mrs. F. He was there with some business. Of course, we extended the invitation to him also to join our study. He told us that he would gladly stay for about half an hour longer, but then he had to leave. All of us were pleasantly surprised that he chose  to stay for as long as he could. He even had a prayer request, and read a few Bible verses. Before departure, Kevin handed him an invitation for The Appearing. Lets pray for young J.

A sweet detail...  our host baked peanut butter cookies for us today! Some important prayers were answered, and now... was time for cookies, how sweet is that!!!!

As always, we ask our dear members to keep praying for this loving group.


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